KENNETH A. WADE, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Kenneth Wade '46

Date of birth: July 24, 1922

Date of death: February 8, 1955

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1946 Lucky Bag:

Loss

From The Corpus Christi Caller-Times on February 9, 1955:

LA JOLLA, Calif., Feb, 9. A screaming jet plane carried its pilot, Lt. Kenneth A. Wade, 33. of Coronado, Calif., to death in a dive from 36,000 feet into an ocean shore canyon not far from residential districts yesterday. At least one housewife saw the Navy F9F2 Panther disintegrate before it struck in the canyon with an explosion that shook homes and hotels in La Jolla's north section and buildings at the University of California's Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The plane went into the dive at 36,000 feet, another pilot reported. He called by radio for the doomed pilot to "pull out" but got no response. Other Navy airmen said it was possible he was already unconscious and that failure of his oxygen equipment may have caused him to lose his senses and control ot the jet.

He is buried in California.

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Class of 1946

Kenneth is one of 35 members of the Class of 1946 in Memorial Hall.